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New Jersey's top court: Defendant must share phone passcodes

Aug. 12, 2020 12:10 PM EDT

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — The Supreme Court of New Jersey ruled a defendant must turn over the passcodes for his two phones in response to a search warrant, opening the way for law enforcement to compel other defendants in the state to do the same. The court's majority decision on Monday was supported by four...

NJ Supreme Court to rule on law authorizing $10B in debt

Aug. 12, 2020 10:24 AM EDT

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — New Jersey's Supreme Court is scheduled to issue an opinion Wednesday on whether a new state law letting the governor borrow nearly $10 billion to shore up the budget can stand. The law passed the Democrat-led Legislature and was signed by Democratic Gov. Phil Murphy after he sought...

An electoral official, right, tells a voter that the ballots haven't arrived at a voting center in Carolina, Puerto Rico, Sunday, Aug. 9, 2020. Puerto Rico's primaries were marred on Sunday by a lack of ballots in a majority of centers across the U.S. territory, forcing frustrated voters who braved a spike in COVID-19 cases to turn around and go back home. (AP Photo/Danica Coto)

Puerto Rico gov sues elections commission in primary debacle

Aug. 11, 2020 8:00 PM EDT

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — Puerto Rico’s governor on Tuesday added new demands to conflicting proposals for rescuing the U.S. territory's botched primary election, suing to insist on an election re-do at all polling centers that opened late — not just those where a lack of ballots kept...

Montana Supreme Court won't remove candidate from ballot

Aug. 11, 2020 7:09 PM EDT

HELENA, Mont. (AP) — The Montana Supreme Court on Tuesday rejected an effort by the state Republican Party to remove Democratic attorney general candidate Raph Graybill from the November ballot, saying the petition filed on Aug. 3 didn't rise to the level of urgency needed for the issue to bypass state...

FILE - In this Aug. 3, 2020 file photo, Illinois Governor JB Pritzker motions that people sometimes forget to wear their mask even when they have it their pocket as he answers questions from the media in Springfield, Ill. Pritzker announced Friday, Aug. 7, 2020 that public health officials may issue fines to Illinois businesses where employees or patrons aren't wearing face coverings to slow the spread of the coronavirus.  (Justin L. Fowler/The State Journal-Register via AP)

State Supreme Court consolidates lawsuits on Pritzker orders

Aug. 11, 2020 7:05 PM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — The Illinois Supreme Court declined to take on a downstate legal battle over Gov. J.B. Pritzker's coronavirus-related orders on Tuesday, moving the case to Sangamon County and consolidating it with a similar challenge. The decision comes as the first-term Democrat was expected in a Clay...

Egg producer gouged prices when pandemic hit, lawsuit says

Aug. 11, 2020 6:28 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — One of the country’s largest egg producers illegally inflated prices when the pandemic hit New York, taking in $4 million as it charged up to four times more per carton, state Attorney General Letitia James charged in a lawsuit Tuesday. James claims that in March and April,...

Supreme Court stops Oregon redistricting ballot measure

Aug. 11, 2020 4:00 PM EDT

SALEM, Ore. (AP) — An effort to alter how Oregon draws its legislative and congressional districts has been halted by the U.S. Supreme Court. Oregon Public Broadcasting reports that in a ruling Tuesday, the court granted an emergency stay that will stop, for now, a push by government watchdog groups and...

Criminal investigation sought into NH candidate's foundation

Aug. 11, 2020 3:31 PM EDT

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — A former chief justice of the Colorado Supreme Court on Tuesday requested a criminal investigation into a charitable foundation run by Bryant “Corky” Messner, a Republican running for U.S. Senate in New Hampshire. A letter sent to the Colorado secretary of state and...

Efforts underway to restore Green Party to Montana ballot

Aug. 11, 2020 3:27 PM EDT

HELENA, Mont. (AP) — Efforts are underway in state and federal court to restore Green Party of Montana candidates to the state's general election ballot just days after a state judge disqualified them. District Judge James Reynolds last week granted the requests of about 500 people to have their names...

FILE - In this Jan. 2, 2019, file photo, people walk past the Earl Warren Building that houses the California Supreme Court in San Francisco. Los Angeles County must pay a full $8 million damages award to the family of a Black man whose death evoked the more resent death of George Floyd in Minneapolis, the California Supreme Court ruled Monday, Aug. 10, 2020. While subduing Darren Burley in 2012, Los Angeles sheriff's deputies

Court: LA County owes $8M to man killed like George Floyd

Aug. 10, 2020 9:13 PM EDT

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Los Angeles County must pay a full $8 million damage award to the family of a Black man whose death had similarities to the police killing of George Floyd in Minneapolis, the California Supreme Court ruled Monday. While subduing Darren Burley in 2012, deputies “used their...